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Click the link to see all preseason rankings for that team. Only current FBS teams that have been ranked in at least one preseason poll are shown.

Last updated on August 21, 2017

Air Force
Only preseason ranking was in 1959 (#15).

Alabama

  • Last: 2017 (#1)
  • High: #1 (2017, 2016, 2013, 2010, 1978, 1966)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 5 every year since 2009. First back-to-back preseason #1 since USC in 2004-05, and seventh overall.

Arizona

  • Last: 2015 (#22)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1999 (#4)
  • Note: Only one appearance in the preseason poll since 2000 (2015).

Arizona State

  • Last: 2015 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1998 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 1976 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1976)

Arkansas

  • Last: 2015 (#18)
  • Last Top 10: 2012 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1978 (#2)
  • High: #2 (1978, 1969)

Army

  • Last: 1959 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1950)

Auburn

  • Last: 2017 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 2015 (#6)
  • Last Top 5: 2006 (#4)
  • High: #1 (1984)
  • Note: Ranked in 10 of 14 preseason polls since 2003.

Baylor

  • Last: 2016 (#23)
  • High: #4 (2015)

Boise State

  • Last: 2015 (#23)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2011 (#5)
  • High: #3 (2010)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of 12 preseason polls since 2005.

Boston College

  • Last: 2005 (#22)
  • High: #19 (1984)

BYU

  • Last: 2009 (#20)
  • Last Top 10: 1985 (#10)
  • High: #10 (1985)
  • Note: Ranked in only two preseason polls since 1997 (2009, 2008).

California

  • Last: 2009 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 2006 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 1951 (#5)
  • High: #5 (1951)
  • Note: Ranked in five of six preseason polls from 2004 to 2009.

Clemson

  • Last: 2017 (#5)
  • High: #2 (2016)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 5 in consecutive seasons for the first time.

Colorado

  • Last: 2002 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1996 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1972)
  • Note: Ranked in all but two preseason polls from 1989 to 2002.

Colorado State

  • Last: 2003 (#23)
  • High: #15 (1998)

Duke

  • Last: 1962 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1962)

Florida

  • Last: 2017 (#17)
  • Last Top 5: 2010 (#4)
  • High: #1 (2009, 2001, 1994)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll from 1991 to 2013 which included Top 10 appearances from 1991 to 2002 and 2005 to 2010.

Florida State

  • Last: 2017 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2014, 1999, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1988)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 10 in six of the last seven years.

Fresno State
Only preseason ranking was in 2005 (#24).

Georgia

  • Last: 2017 (#15)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2013 (#5)
  • High: #1 (2008)
  • Note: Ranked 16 consecutive years.

Georgia Tech

  • Last: 2015 (#16)
  • Last Top 10: 2001 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1956 (#4)
  • High: #3 (1953, 1952)
  • Note: Only four appearances in the preseason poll since 2000.

Hawaii
Only preseason ranking was in 2007 (#23).

Houston

  • Last: 2016 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1980 (#8)
  • High: #7 (1969)

Illinois

  • Last: 2008 (#20)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1964 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1964)
  • Note: Only two appearances in the preseason poll since 2000.

Indiana

  • Last: 1969 (#14)
  • High: #13 (1968)

Iowa

  • Last: 2016 (#17)
  • Last Top 5: 1985 (#4)
  • High: #1 (1961)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of 10 preseason polls from 1983 to 1992.

Iowa State
Only preseason ranking was in 1978 (#20).

Kansas

  • Last: 2009 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 1961 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1961)

Kansas State

  • Last: 2017 (#20)
  • Last Top 10: 2003 (#7)
  • High: #6 (1998)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of nine preseason polls from 1996 to 2004.

Kentucky

  • Last: 1978 (#15)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1951 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1951)

Louisville

  • Last: 2017 (#16)
  • High: #9 (2013)

LSU

  • Last: 2017 (#13)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2016 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1959)
  • Note: Ranked 17 consecutive years.

Marshall
Only preseason ranking was in 2002 (#19).

Maryland

  • Last: 2004 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1985 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1955 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1952)

Miami (FL)

  • Last: 2017 (#18)
  • Last Top 10: 2005 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2003 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2002, 1992, 1990)
  • Note: Ranked in only three polls since 2006.

Miami (OH)
Only preseason ranking was in 1976 (#20).

Michigan

  • Last: 2017 (#11)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 2007 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1989, 1981)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll (1985) from 1970 to 2007, but only in four of last 10.

Michigan State

  • Last: 2016 (#12)
  • High: #1 (1952)
  • Note: Ranked in five of last six preseason polls.

Minnesota

  • Last: 2004 (#25)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1957 (#4)
  • High: #4 (1957)

Mississippi

  • Last: 2016 (#11)
  • Last Top 10: 2009 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 1970 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1964)

Mississippi State

  • Last: 2011 (#20)
  • High: #14 (1981)

Missouri

  • Last: 2015 (#24)
  • Last Top 10: 2008 (#6)
  • High: #6 (2008)

Navy

  • Last: 1964 (#10)
  • High: #7 (1958)

NC State

  • Last: 2003 (#16)
  • High: #13 (1975)

Nebraska

  • Last: 2014 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 2011 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 2001 (#4)
  • High: #1 (2000, 1996, 1983, 1976, 1972, 1965)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of last 11 preseason polls.

North Carolina

  • Last: 2016 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1997 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1982 (#5)
  • High: #5 (1982)

Northwestern

  • Last: 2013 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1963 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1963)

Notre Dame

  • Last: 2016 (#10)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 2006 (#2)
  • High: #1 (1967, 1954, 1953, 1950)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 10 only twice since 1997.

Ohio State

  • Last: 2017 (#2)
  • High: #1 (2015, 2006, 1998, 1980, 1969, 1970, 1962, 1958)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 in 16 of last 22 preseason polls. Ranked in the Top 2 seven times since 2003.

Oklahoma

  • Last: 2017 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 2016 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2011, 2003, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1977, 1975, 1974, 1957, 1956)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 in 15 of last 17 preseason polls.

Oklahoma State

  • Last: 2017 (#10)
  • Last Top 10: 2011 (#9)
  • High: #9 (2011, 2009)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 for third time.

Oregon

  • Last: 2016 (#24)
  • Last Top 5: 2014 (#3)
  • High: #3 (2014, 2013, 2011)
  • Note: All but one preseason poll appearance has been since 2001.

Oregon State

  • Last: 2013 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 1968 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1968)

Penn State

  • Last: 2017 (#6)
  • Last Top 5: 1999 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1997)
  • Note: Ranked for first time since 2010. Highest ranking since 1999.

Pittsburgh

  • Last: 2010 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 2003 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1984 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1982)
  • Note: Only four appearances in the preseason poll since 1991.

Purdue

  • Last: 2005 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1980 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 1968 (#1)
  • High: #1 (1968)

Rice

  • Last: 1955 (#11)
  • High: #11 (1955)

Rutgers
Only preseason ranking was in 2007 (#16).

SMU

  • Last: 1985 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1985)

South Carolina

  • Last: 2014 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2013 (#6)
  • High: #6 (2013)

South Florida

  • Last: 2017 (#19)
  • High: #19 (2017, 2008)

Southern Miss

  • Last: 2000 (#23)
  • High: #21 (1998)

Stanford

  • Last: 2017 (#14)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 2013 (#4)
  • High: #4 (2013)
  • Note: Ranked seven consecutive years.

Syracuse

  • Last: 1998 (#17)
  • Last Top 10: 1996 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1960 (#1)
  • High: #1 (1960)

TCU

  • Last: 2016 (#13)
  • High: #2 (2015)
  • Note: Ranked in nine of last 11 preseason polls.

Tennessee

  • Last: 2017 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2005 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1951)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll from 1986 to 2008 but only in three of last nine.

Texas

  • Last: 2017 (#23)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2010 (#5)
  • High: #2 (2009, 2005, 1970, 1965, 1962)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 10 in all but one year from 2000 to 2010.

Texas A&M

  • Last: 2014 (#21)
  • Last Top 10: 2013 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1995 (#3)
  • High: #2 (1957)

Texas Tech

  • Last: 2008 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 1977 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1977)

UCLA

  • Last: 2016 (#16)
  • Last Top 10: 2014 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1988 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1955)

USC

  • Last: 2017 (#4)
  • High: #1 (2012, 2007, 2005, 2004, 1979, 1973, 1963)
  • Note: Ranked in all but six preseason polls since 1963.

Utah

  • Last: 2009 (#19)
  • High: #19 (2009)

Virginia

  • Last: 2005 (#25)
  • High: #15 (1990)

Virginia Tech

  • Last: 2017 (#21)
  • Last Top 10: 2010 (#10)
  • High: #7 (2009)

Wake Forest
Only preseason ranking was in 2008 (#23).

Washington

  • Last: 2017 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 1997 (#4)
  • High: #2 (1992, 1982)
  • Note: Ranked in Top 10 for first time since 2002.

Washington State

  • Last: 2017 (#24)
  • High: #11 (2002)

West Virginia

  • Last: 2017 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 2008 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 2007 (#3)
  • High: #3 (2007)

Wisconsin

  • Last: 2017 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2000 (#4)
  • High: #4 (2000)
  • Note: Ranked in Top 10 for first time since 2007.


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